A 32-year-old female asked:

I'm preparing for pregnancy and am taking a prenatal vitamin with 800 mcg of folic acid. is adding an additional 200 safe? i want twins!!

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Dr. Patrick Mckenna
A Verified Doctoranswered
Preventive Medicine 16 years experience
Yes: 1000 mcg of folic acid is safe, but probably not necessary. 800 mcg is plenty, even if you want twins. (Folic acid will not increase your chances of having twins). Folic acid supplementation is for the prevention of neural tube defects (such as spina bifida).
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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 26 years experience
Do not take folic acid. Instead, take a mix of methyl folate and folinic acid. More info: http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2013/10/mthfr.html
Sep 10, 2015
Last updated Aug 30, 2016


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